Over the last few weeks I’ve encountered half a dozen anglers at the boat ramps early in the morning that are dealing with an outboard motor problem that can be easily avoided (and help protect your outboard from permanent damage as well).
Every boat, no matter the size, needs to be maintained.
Corrosion is one of the most dangerous threats to the performance and longevity of an outboard motor. The two basic types of corrosion are galvanic corrosion, which results from an electrochemical reaction between different metals, and stray current corrosion, which happens when electrified metal is
Most sterndrive and outboard manufacturers advise you to change the gearcase oil in your lower unit every 100 hours or once a year. Clean oil is critical for protecting the heavily loaded gears in your lower unit and preventing expensive damage. Servicing the lower unit is a simple job that you can easily do yourself.
Boat engines are prone to overheating and this can cause serious damage to your boat and boats engine if left untreated. In order to fix overheating problems you first need to do some detective work. Find out exactly what is causing the overheating problem with boat engines and you should be able to correct the overheating problem before it has chance to seriously damage your boat.
Back in the day, flushing an outboard with fresh water was done only one way. A set of "ear muffs" or "flush muffs" was fitted around the engine's gearcase to cover the water intakes, connected to a garden hose with a good water supply, and the engine was run for five to 10 minutes. But today's outboards can be flushed using other, sometimes easier methods, without even starting the engine.